Okeechobee Opportunities

United Way7-20-16-estero
The United Way is recruiting volunteers to serve as tax preparers in Okeechobee County.  As a trained Tax Preparer, volunteers will assist qualified clients by preparing simple tax returns.  All volunteers receive FREE comprehensive training and certification in partnership with the IRS. No experience is necessary. Last year, volunteers prepared over 3,400 tax returns for individuals and families making up to $60,000. Refunds to those using this free service totaled nearly $4.7 million dollars. Flexible hours and locations are available. Imagine helping someone put food on the table or saving someone from a mortgage foreclosure. For more info contact Patrice@unitedwaylee.org or visit https://www.unitedwaylee.org/become-vita-volunteer/

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida
Be the Role Model She’ll Always Remember. What can you do to make a positive contribution in the lives of girls that still fits into your busy life? Become a Girl Scout Volunteer! Girl Scouts exist for girls, but it exists because of volunteers. By giving your time and sharing your skills with our girls, you can make it possible for them to become girls of courage, confidence and character. As a volunteer Troop Leader or Co-leader, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last long after the meeting is over. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made–those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts. Be the role model she’ll always remember. Requirements: Register as an Adult Girl Scout, Compete Background Check, Complete Girl Scouting 101 online training module, Attend Volunteer Essentials Training within 60 days of appointment. Minimum age: 18. To learn more about our Council’s training for volunteers and how to get started as a volunteer please visit our website www.gssef.org or contact Megan Nole, 561-427-0196 or mnole@gssef.org

Guardian ad Litem
The mission of the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is to advocate for the best interests of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected, or abandoned and who are involved in court proceedings.  Best interests includes preservation of the child’s physical safety and emotional well-being; permanent placement in a stable and nurturing home environment that fosters the child’s healthy growth and development; and protection from further harm during the child’s involvement in the court system.  As a GAL Volunteer, you would be gathering information in order to advocate for child in need.  The 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program (GALP) services residents in Saint Lucie, Okeechobee, Martin, and Indian River counties.  The training you receive from the GALP is the certified child advocacy pre-service training that is required to become a GAL volunteer.  There is no required experience, education or special skills needed to be a Volunteer Child Advocate. You must be 21 years or older to sign for a case. You must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. How to apply:   You apply by first calling (772) 785-5804 or 5875 and asking to speak to a Volunteer Recruiter in order to complete the necessary documentation prior to training. Please allow at least one week for orientation and processing prior to training. You can also email omar.walker@gal.fl.gov to get the process started. I and everyone here at the 19th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem thank you very much for your interest in the program and caring for children.

Hospice of Okeechobee
Volunteer opportunities include: washing windows and screens, sign painting, steam cleaning tile floors and grout, pressure washing shed, patio floor/sidewalks, building wooden bench swings or gliders. Must be minimum age of 18 to volunteer. No court ordered community service. Call Ruth Bobst 863-467-2321 or email Rbobst@hospiceofokeechobee.org




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